Intelligence and Flight Security in 2009

Challenge is 'too much intelligence,' not too little

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Later today, President Obama gets a preliminary report on what went wrong in the country's airport security systems. One of the things the report will mention is how U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted a call back in August that warned of a terror attack being carried out by a Nigerian man. Despite that, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got onto a plane in Amsterdam with PETN on his person.

We talk to New York Times reporter Eric Lipton, who broke this story. And we are also joined by international security analyst Bob Ayers, who's had a 30-year career in the intelligence services including the CIA, military intelligence and the National Security agency. He tells us why it's so difficult to fix the nation's intelligence system.


Bob Ayers and Eric Lipton

Hosted by:

Luke Burbank

Comments [1]

Bryan Williams

When a passenger gets past the first security screening and stays in a secure area at a connecting airport, how would a secondary airport or the entry airport be responsible for anything a passenger is carrying on his body?

Dec. 31 2009 09:04 AM

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